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  1. #1
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    brewery intern

    I wanted to get some help from the pros on the forum. I have been interning off and on for a few months now and I can seem to get my foot in the door. I have had a few interviews and I keep getting the same answer. I need more brewery experience. The brewers that i have meet with see that i have a passion for brewing. but want me to get more work history in the brewing field. can someone here give me some ideas to how i can get more work history in the field. thanks ahead of time.

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    Brewery Experience

    I'd recommend getting an entry level brewery job, (Cleaning kegs, etc). While your doing that, educate yourself as much as possible (books, magazines, etc).
    Homebrewing is a great way to learn the fundamentals too. You'll get the breaks you need eventually if your pro-active and show initiative.

    Cheers.

    T
    Tariq Khan (Brewer/Distiller)

    Yaletown Brewing and Distilling Co.
    Vancouver, B.C.
    Canada

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    The Truth in America

    You have met with one of the irrational and nonsensical " ego " based
    " field effects " in this and other industries. At the root of this problem is the employers " refusal " to take responsibility for training its work force...and the totally psychotic notion that they must get base experience " somewhere else...when there is no one willing to school someone with zero experience.
    Its a destructive and quite useless paradigm which is carried on by shortsighted thinking and action.
    There once was something called apprenticeship. Its an idea that works falwlessly, but requires " investment " and savvy on the employers part.
    They number of the avant garde in the trade may be few.
    Warren Turner
    Industrial Engineering Technician
    HVACR-Electrical Systems Specialist
    Moab Brewery
    " The Metric System has to be Scrapped."

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    Cool Apprenticeship

    QUOTE:
    "There once was something called apprenticeship. Its an idea that works falwlessly, but requires " investment " and savvy on the employers part."

    Interesting point, I have never owned a brewery but I have worked for breweries in the past that while not actually offering a "formal" apprenticeship were quite willing to take on people with zero experience in an entry level position, since finding experienced brewers and operatives was not always possible. The idea was to start them off washing casks/kegs then moving on to other responsibilities in due time, even offering to send them on a brewing course if they showed potential.

    Frankly in my experience most of the people that were taken on did not work out at all in the longterm. They either showed no interest in doing some self study in their own time (which I think every brewer has done), Realized that beer making wasn't as glamourous as they had hoped and involved a lot of physical labour in less than ideal conditions for a small entry level salary and lost interest.

    The ones that did succeed (and are working brewers at the moment) showed a lot of initiative and drive, asked a lot of questions, got into homebrewing in order to understand the process better, and proved themselves that they were worthy to be in the brewery.

    I think it has to be a reciprocal relationship for both parts, but at the end of the day training is expensive, and the least amount of training an employer has to do the better.

    Just my 2 cents.
    Tariq Khan (Brewer/Distiller)

    Yaletown Brewing and Distilling Co.
    Vancouver, B.C.
    Canada

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